Attraction Preview: EMPIRE CIRCUS (Empire Stores in Brooklyn)

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by Gregory Bernard on October 11, 2021

in Concerts / Events,Theater-New York


Here comes the world premiere of Empire Circus, a holiday season limited engagement, November 12, 2021 – January 30, 2022, at Empire Stores in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass); the entrance is at 2 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets ($45) are on sale now at Empire Circus.

Created by Remarkable Entertainment (Big Apple Circus), directed and co-created by Lorenzo Pisoni (Frozen, Beetlejuice), and designed by John Kole (Baby’s All Right, Atrium DUMBO), Empire Circus’s debut show will be the biggest, most bonkers bash to ever see the light of a Brooklyn day. Wildly entertaining showman and circus aficionado David Arquette serves as Creative Director.

Setting a new stage for family entertainment and introducing a modern take on the iconic Bozo the Clown, Empire Circus transforms Empire Stores — and its picturesque courtyard between the Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges — into an awe-inspiring, choose-your-own-adventure circus experience that will bring out the Bozo in everyone.

Led by extraordinary performers providing an all-access environment unlike anything before, audience members are given the chance to become a courageous crew member, a Grand Prize Game show contestant, or even a star aerialist! With each audience member guiding their own path, Bozo will present a one-of-a-kind circus spectacular where you’ll find yourself under, above, and right in the middle of the action — with free goodies, surprises, & fun around every nook and cranny. Just when the world is most in need of joy, Bozo is ready to host the most hilarious, fun-filled, Bozo-style bonkers bash of all time.

The development of Empire Circus’ inaugural show comes off the heels of Arquette’s acquisition of the rights to Bozo the Clown. Fifteen years ago, Arquette met Larry Harmon, the entrepreneur who branded Bozo “The World’s Most Famous Clown” and brought Bozo — a kind clown — to television in the 1950s. Before he died, Harmon handpicked David to carry on the legacy.

Empire Circus is focused on celebrating New York artists – by predominantly hiring local superstars – and relishing in the most iconic and stunning neighborhoods in the five boroughs. With support from multiple local organizations, audiences traveling to the area are encouraged to stay following the show to enjoy Empire Stores and countless neighborhood delights. The show runs:

  • Fridays: 4-10PM
  • Saturdays: 1-10PM
  • Sundays: 1-8PM
  • Last entry is one hour before closing.
  • Empire Circus is located in Empire Stores in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The entrance is located on Water Street. Nearest public transportation stops are the A/C trains at High Street, the F trains at York Street, the 1/2/3 trains at Clark Street, and the East River and South Brooklyn ferries at Dumbo/Fulton Landing.

  • Empire Circus takes the circus out of the ring and lets you control your experience. Choose your entry time, go at your own pace, play and interact as you please. This 100% interactive experience puts you in the center of the circus with roaming performers and pop-up circus acts all throughout the day. 

Due to the nature of the show, Empire Circus is able to limit capacity and provide audiences with the space to move through the show at their own pace in a covered, open-air, & temperature-controlled environment.

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